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Sep 27, 2012 6:00am PDT
virginia. the president will speak at a rally at a virginia beach am amphitheater. as we told you yesterday, virginia is likely to be this year's florida or ohio. the state where returns will mostly resemble the national number. if you want to know how important virginia is to both campaigns, look at where they are buying their tv ads. four of the top ten most saturated tv markets in the country this week are all in virginia. roanoke lynchburg market, and now washington d.c. which of course reaches into northern virginia. three more of the top ten are in ohio. the president leads by five to eight points. today the romney campaign will focus on local issues hitting the president on defense cuts. it's clear the 47% issue is a drag on romney's campaign. he went out of his way at every stop yesterday to show a more compassionate side. >> i've been across this country. i think the president cares about the people of america. i care about the people in america but i know how to help the people of america. with he have people that are hurting. we have people that are disabled and people
MSNBC
Sep 27, 2012 12:00pm PDT
incumbent is leading into october in the debates. they're both in battleground virginia, my home state today. we'll have more later. since it is thursday, it's time for presidential football. >> personal foul, number 93, red. >> the officials lost control of the philadelphia/baltimore game among others. >> yes, unless you are buried under a rock, you know the nfl has kicked the replacement refs to the curb. >> the packers playing at the goal line. as wilson scrambles to keep it alive. the game's final play is to the end zone, which is fumbled by tate with jennings simultaneous. who has it? who do they give it to? touchdown! one guy goes on touchdown, and the other said no. >> that play is why the regular refs are back on the field starting tonight in baltimore. what does that have to do with the presidential race you ask? for nfl teams like the packers, the new regular refs can begin a reset for their season. for mitt romney it's time for another campaign reset. can the debates mean a new season for mitt and bring him closer to the end zone? our pal ed rendell joins us. governor,
MSNBC
Sep 29, 2012 3:00am PDT
campaign flyer sent to voters in northern virginia. quote, romney/ryan doing more to fight the spread of lyme disease. this is first posted today by mother johns. here's another page of the flyer. what can a president do about lyme disease? really now? is mitt romney running for president because of tick-borne illness? really? or is somebody else on the campaign food chain making the decisions about what to campaign on? because it is when the freelancing happens, when people start getting desperate and taking matters into their own hands, that then maybe you get a presidential campaign that's trying to be about tick-borne diseases related to deer. maybe that will work in northern virginia? and sometimes it's your buddy, the other mogul with the yacht singing your yacht parking praises. because who among us has not had this challenge. then sometimes it's exactly what you think it's going to be. >> y'all sound like y'all are senior citizens, right? yeah, we don't want -- you don't want obama. you really don't want obama, because he'll get rid of your medicare. you might as well say good-by
MSNBC
Sep 14, 2012 6:00pm PDT
governor scott wa walker's union stripping law there and surprise ruling in virginia on republican efforts to effectively ban abortion in the state of virginia. and another surprise ruling today shutting down a big voter purge planned by a republican secretary of state in one of the nine swing states that both presidential campaigns believe is going to decide this election. that is all ahead this hour, all from today's news. it is a very big show. >>> we start with tonight's top story and with a decision made in march 2003, which is when then-president george w. bush ordered the u.s.-led invasion of iraq, march 2003. it was also the month when it was ordered that the flag-draped couffins of american service members killed abroad could not be photographed when those coffins got back to the united states. that change in policy under george w. bush was a source of anger and controversy. it is why coffins were sometimes used in anti-iraq war protests to visually represent those real caskets of americans killed in the war that the bush administration would not allow the country to see. the bush
MSNBC
Sep 28, 2012 6:00pm PDT
. >> wisconsin? >> wisconsin. virginia. there's a bunch of places where they're not doing well. i think you are going to start to see the money flow after the first debate. >> i think the big debate is going to be a big deal. shall we cover it together? >> that would be great. >> excellent. >> up with chris hayes" airs at 8:00 in the morning. >> we'll talk about how the economy might be better than we had realized. the debate we're having about the economy is not the debate that a lot of people, commit call commentators and critics on the left and right thought we'd be having. we want to dig into the numbers beneath the headline numbers that might make that the case. "up with chris hayes," set your dvr now or your alarm clock. if you could choose a super power would it be the act to fly, be invisible or more powerful than a speeding locomotive? senator scott buon apparently has a super power. we will attempt to give it a name next. tdd#: 1-800-345-2550 like our exchange traded funds, or etfs tdd#: 1-800-345-2550 which now have the lowest tdd#: 1-800-345-2550 operating expenses tdd#: 1-800-345-2
MSNBC
Sep 19, 2012 6:00am PDT
ought to be running in ohio and florida like he's running for governor and running in virginia like he's running for sheriff." this morning, the president's super pac has put out the first ad tied to romney's infamous video comments. >> behind these doors, mitt romney calls half the american people -- >> dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims. >> victims? behind these doors middle class families struggle and romney will make things even tougher. >> the president jumped on romney's comments in new york during an interview with the late show's david letter marn la doing his best to underline the contrast. >> i don't know what he was referring to but i can tell you this. when i won in 2008, 47% of the american people voted for john mccain. they didn't vote for me. one of the things i've learned, as president, is you represent the entire country. i promise you, there are not a lot of people out there who think they're victims. there are not a lot of people who think they're entitled to something. what i think the majority of people, democrats and republicans, belie
MSNBC
Sep 4, 2012 3:00am PDT
, virginia, ohio, a lot of swing states, that doesn't play quite as well in middle america, does it? >> especially in the south. north carolina, especially the gay marriage provision there, the state has spoken on that one. i'm also glad mike barnicle was able to join us in north carolina. he wasn't able to make it to tampa. >> greyhound didn't go down to tampa? >> no, no, i've been here since last tuesday. >> took a wrong turn. >> he just didn't want to be around that many republicans, gives him hives. like mika. he just starts scratching. >> the big question is are you better off than you were four year ago? the answer objectively the obama campaign tried to put out yes, we are. at the same time you don't want to be gloating. >> they don't want to say what the mayor from maryland said, are you better off? no but that's not the question. that's always the question. you can look at a lot of data and say, yes, we are better off today than we were four years ago. but with so many people hurting in america right now -- >> it's a tough sell and we're better than we could have been but t
MSNBC
Sep 13, 2012 10:00pm PDT
connected to the candidate even though today in virginia, he clearly backed off the rhetoric from yesterday. >> our own joe scarborough, former republican congressman himself wrote this in politico, mitt romney is in trouble not because of a boring convention or a bloodless speech or a grossly inappropriate press conference, but rather because the man refuses to stick his neck out and take a stand on the critical issues of our time. mitt romney is likely to lose and should given that he's neither a true conservative nor a courageous moderate. it's just an ambitious man. krystal ball, i have to say, i think joe captured it there. >> he nailed it. you can't think of a single moment, not just in this presidential campaign but in mitt romney's entire political career where he did not seek the most politically advantageous position, regardless of where he had been in the past, regardless of what he had said or written, regardless of the consequences or how irresponsible taking that position might be. he has always sought out what the poll tested best place for him to be is politically.
MSNBC
Sep 27, 2012 2:00am PDT
details. first, president obama and mitt romney campaign in virginia today after nearly crossing pathed in ohio. tracie potts joins us from washington with all the details. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. let's put virginia in perspective n 2008, president obama won that state after they voted for republicans for over 40 years. then two years after he had been in office, they elected a republican governor. today, the president will try to win virginia back. president obama and mitt romney campaign in virginia today where median income is 23% higher than the national average and unemployment is way lower, under 6%. like ohio wednesday, the president's expected to hammer romney for his comments on the 47% of voters who don't pay taxes. >>> i don't know how many of you will be with me this time around. but -- but it doesn't matter because i'm running to be your president, to represent everybody. >> we're going to help those who need our help. we're a compassionate people. >> reporter: romney is ten points behind in ohio. that's a bigger gap than nbc and "the washington post
MSNBC
Sep 4, 2012 2:00pm PDT
, hispanics, latinos and young people. they're coming to sit here in the rain. also virginia looms as one of the most important states this fall. both for president obama's re-election and the senate. who's going to control it. former governor tim kaine coming right here. he's the great hope of the democrats in that state. he'll be here later. let me finish with michele obama and the effect her words could have at this convention. this is "hardball," the place for politics. hey. hey eddie. i brought your stuff. you don't have to do this. yes i do. i want you to keep this. it'd be weird. take care. you too. [ sighs ] so how did it go? he's upset. [ male announcer ] spend less time at gas stations. with best in class fuel economy. it's our most innovative altima ever. ♪ get on e-trade. set up a real plan. frank! oh wow, you didn't win? i wanna show you something... it's my shocked face. [ gasps ] [ male announcer ] get a retirement plan that works... at e-trade. >>> whatever i say here today, it's going to be, at best, a distant second to the speech you will hear tonight from the s
MSNBC
Sep 8, 2012 3:00am PDT
mitt romney ads all the time. so are you, north carolina and nevada and florida and ohio and virginia. the eight states that are being targeted in the ad campaign, an ad campaign so big the campaign describes it as a carpet bombing. and this list of states, the states you see marked on the map right here, that is pretty much where the election is going to be fought from here on out. this map, you will notice, doesn't include all of the places we have been thinking about and talking about as swing states. the romney is not placing ads in michigan, wisconsin or pennsylvania. the super pacs have pulled their ads from michigan. romney is trailing in michigan by as much as seven points there. the pro romney pac money has dropped out of pennsylvania where romney is also behind in the polls. the romney campaign and pacs together, of course, have more money than god and mick jagger combined, so they could still decide to spend money wherever, whenever. this almost have infinite resources in terms of ad dollars in this campaign season. unless something changes in their strategy, it looks like
MSNBC
Sep 28, 2012 6:00am PDT
nine battleground states deciding the election. ohio, florida, virginia, colorado, iowa, wisconsin, north carolina, nevada, new hampshire. bad news for mitt romney, he doesn't lead in a single one. at best within the poll's margin of error. at worst, trails by eight points. this morning, how the nine states stack up. we said it again and again. the president's job approval rating may be the best indicator of where the bout may be. where it is more than 50, the president favored to win. iowa, florida, new hampshire, ohio, virginia, his approval rating below that, 47 or 48 in four. colorado, nevada, north carolina, wisconsin. here is a second way to breakdown the numbers. romney struggled with favorability number all year. that number underwater, more voters have unfavorable than favorable view in six states. romney is in positive territory in just three. florida, north carolina, virginia. finally, a third bucket of looking at these numbers in the extent of romney's problems. for months, romney led on who could better handle the economy. in four more, he trails the president. colorad
MSNBC
Sep 27, 2012 10:00am PDT
charting from ohio to virginia, the state that could be the must-win in november. joining us now, chris cillizza, managing editor of post politics.com and peter alexander following the romney campaign. welcome to both. chris, first of all, how important is virginia? they've gone, both from ohio to virginia. they seem to be tag teaming it, the two weekends. >> reporter: yeah, i would say, draa, we've talked about this, the visits, where they spend their time is so carefully calibrated to spend it in media markets and states that they absolutely need. ohio, mitt romney, i think needs and is behind. virginia, i think mitt romney mitt romney needs and is behind. one thing to remember about virginia a state, before barack obama won in 2008 everybody the last democratic presidential candidate come win it was lyndon johnson in 1964. it's remarkable that we're talking about virginia in the terms that we are. there's been a big demographic shift with northern virginia a big democratic population. it is remarkable, it's a place where barack obama deserves credit for expanding what was the
MSNBC
Sep 14, 2012 6:00am PDT
foreign policy. campaigning in battleground virginia, romney offered this message. >> american leadership, the middle east needs american leadership and i intend to be a president that provides the leadership that america respects. >> and romney was relatively measured responding to this barb of the president concerning an interviewing on telemundo. >> i have observed there's a tendency to shoot without aim. >> asked about it, romney chose no, sir to swing back. >> the exact same conclusion the white house reached. the statement was inappropriate. that's why they backed away from it as well. >> but the romney campaign has escalated their attacks on the president this morning telling "the washington post" that the deadly protest sweeping the middle east would not have happened if romney were president. foreign policy adviser rich williamson is quoted, there's a pretty compelling story that if you had a president romney you'd be in a different situation. for the first time since jimmy carter, we've had an american ambassador assassinated. he also slammed the president on egypt sa
MSNBC
Sep 21, 2012 4:00pm PDT
. that's patrick murphy's job. he joins us tonight. so does tim kaine of virginia up running for that senate seat. >>> don't look now but homer simpson is going to the polls. >> i'm a 40-year-old white guy who didn't go to college and gets all his news from monitors at gas stations. >> in you go. >> anyway, wait until you see what happens when homer gets a look at mitt romney's tax returns. >>> finally, let me finish tonight with a question. what is mitt hiding in those tax returns? this is "hardball," the place for politics. two years ago, the people of bp made a commitment to the gulf. and every day since, we've worked hard to keep it. bp has paid over twenty-three billion dollars to help people and businesses who were affected, and to cover cleanup costs. today, the beaches and gulf are open for everyone to enjoy -- and many areas are reporting their best tourism seasons in years. we've shared what we've learned with governments and across the industry so we can all produce energy more safely. i want you to know, there's another commitment bp takes just as seriously: our commitment
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Sep 10, 2012 3:00pm PDT
talk about florida, that doesn't talk about virginia, that doesn't talk about ohio, i think it's proof of this campaign is in trouble also that mention of the word significantly that things haven't changed significantly. i think that word in itself suggests that things have sort of changed in the is sense that they are gelled in a lot of these variables in this campaign are locked in place and locked in place against mitt romney. >> well, patricia, clearly when you get those kind of polls and they don't have florida and other things in it nia-malika is raising, fact checking doesn't matter but why do states matter? when you look at the cnn poll, when they raise a question, who do you think will win, 59% think president obama will win and 37% says romney when you raise a question of who connects better to middle class and women, more in touch with problems faces the middle class, 57 to 37. these are significant gaps in these areas. if you add this to that bounce, does this look real to you? >> well, you know what, that cnn poll is so important and that really was the first time si
MSNBC
Sep 3, 2012 6:00am PDT
hampshire, virginia and nevada, maybe the last three tough states. obviously the president feels good about his demographic advantage in nevada and they feel good about the social issues playing in new hampshire. look what that does. brings us to the one state i've always believed is what replaces florida and ohio this year. virginia, virginia, virginia. and it's also not an accident as to why they picked charlotte being a state that borders on virginia. they think they can transfer energy up there. >>> north carolina was a key to president obama's victory in 2008 and democrats are hoping for a repeat this year by holding their convention in the tar heel state, but the fight is on right now for those 15 electoral votes with the latest poll showing mitt romneyry a slight edge among likely voters. joining me now, assistant democratic leader in south carolina, congressman james clyburn. congressman, you're sort of a host of this convention. right? just south of the border. >> absolutely. absolutely. >> in effect, tell me, the south carolina democrats are very involved in this north carolina ef
MSNBC
Sep 19, 2012 3:00pm PDT
the most colorful characters in politics today. he helped virginia democrat jim webb defeat george allen in the 2006 senate race made famous by allen's macaque comment. he steered mark warner into the virginia governor's mansion in 2001. now, mud cat is setting his sights on ousting powerful house republican leader eric cantor. if he succeeds, it could be one of the biggest political upsets of the year. mud cat, thanks for being here tonight. >> rev, it's wonderful being with you. >> now, let me ask you, how are these romney tapes changing the political conversation? >> well, you've been in campaigns before, rev, and the one thing you always want to establish is us versus them brand. and me, one thing he has done is he has firmly branded himself as them. you know, i couldn't believe it. i knew that he was an elitist, but romney doesn't have a whole lot of street smarts and people are talking about this secret fundraiser and there was 150 people there with cell phones. and where you and i come from, we call that street smarts not to say something so ridiculous in front of that many
MSNBC
Sep 4, 2012 2:30am PDT
than president obama does himself. so he'll in a lot of places like north carolina, virginia, ohio, pennsylvania, florida, talking to those people for the next few months. >> and entertaining us. >> best of all. >> see you coming up on "morning joe," president obama spent the eve of the convention kickoff, touring hurricane damage in louisiana. got a first-hand look at one of the hardest hit communities west of new orleans. >> one thing you know about folks in louisiana, they are resilient. people in mississippi, they are resilient. they know what tough times are like. but they know that they can bounce back. there is enormous faith here. enormous strength here. you can see it with these families, they were just devastated a few days ago and they're already smiling and laughing and feeling confident about the future and pulling together. when disasters like this happen, we set aside whatever petty disagreements we may have. nobody is a democrat or republican. we're all just americans looking out for one another and i couldn't be prouder of this group right here, that's around me fo
MSNBC
Sep 30, 2012 4:00am PDT
, ohio, and virginia. and among voters who say medicare is extremely important to their vote, obama swamps romney by, get this, 13 points. when voters in those states were asked a similar question, whom they trusted to deal with the medicare program, obama again trumps romney in all the polls. in ohio obama leads romney on medicare by 19. in florida, 15. in virginia, 13. other polls have shown president obama's advantage on medicare has grown significantly since ryan joined the ticket. so let's go back to this again, trying to figure this out. he bought into a guy who was known primarily for this voucher plan, getting rid of medicare as we know it. basically go to a doctor and the bills are paid by medicare. you can't beat a system like that, joy-ann, i don't think on this planet earth and have something paid for when you go to do it. there's nothing like it. >> and -- >> why would anybody want to change it? nobody would want to change it. >> chris, i think what's worse than that is they tried to be too cute with it. they said they're not going to touch anybody over 55. people over
MSNBC
Sep 27, 2012 8:00am PDT
president obama is ahead, anywhere from five to eight points in virginia. that's where the two candidates will be today. romney is writing off all the battleground polling putting the president in the lead. he did so specifically yesterday on abc. take a listen. >> i'm very please wtd some polls. less so with other polls. but frankly at this early stage, polls go up, polls go down. i don't expect to get 100% of the vote. i know i'm not going to bet 100%. i hope to get 50 plus percent and make sure that i become the next president. >> as we look at this realistically, 40 days to go, we have gallup daily tracking putting romney within four points of the margin of error. the romney campaign and the republican super pacs have only just begun unleashing its ma massive campaign cash. can romney use the debates, use all of that money in reserve to reverse his fortunes going forward? >> well, we don't put much stock in polls, good or bad, at this point, particularly 40 days out. we are coming in to the debater isries in which we know that americans really start to focus more in a more
MSNBC
Sep 27, 2012 9:00pm PDT
. >> that was mitt romney speaking today in springfield, virginia, to the american legion. and, no, he is still not apparently able to say anything about the war directly, but at least today where you saw him there, he did mention that this war has produced an outcome of war. which is american war veterans. neither the war nor its veterans were mentioned, of course, in mr. romney's speech to the nation upon becoming his party's nominee for president. he's trying to fix the veterans part of that oversight. he really as a candidate still seems incapable of talking about the war he would be taking over as commander in chief. there were these dueling appearances in virginia before military heavy audiences in that military heavy state. president obama talking about ending the war in iraq, talking about his strategy in afghanistan. president obama released a two minute tv ad today. sort of his closing argument for his campaign. in the two-minute ad he talks about what the country should do with the savings that we will obtain when we eventually end the war in afghanistan. but while mr. romney d
MSNBC
Sep 14, 2012 10:00am PDT
and virginia that seven-point lead in ohio, people asking about the party and sampling, florida and virginia a little less democratic than what the exit polls showed in 2008. ohio a little more. but they also fit with what we know the campaigns are seeing which is the president got a bump. the question now, does it dissipate or not? i think that is of a concern to the romney campaign. >> this just in as they say, the romney camp has announced senator mccain will be holding events in new hampshire where we know he is so popular. >> one of eight or nine swing states. >> at a vfw event. >> under five. it's interesting, you look at these three and that's what's a little bit of concern to the romney campaign is that virginia, ohio, and florida, not looking as good today but there are still races under five points like colorado, new hampshire, wisconsin, nevada, iowa. >> yep. >> iowa less so. >> and show the tough root that mitt romney now has at this -- and this is a snap shot, of course, but your electoral -- >> do it this way, ohio is the one you have republicans biting their finger na
MSNBC
Sep 28, 2012 3:00am PDT
during events in virginia but they can't wait for just the debates. i think conservatives want to see not just big events in terms of big ideas but big events that grab the nation's attention. the romney campaign is frustrated because they say all the press asks them about is process but that's par for the course and true in every campaign i've ever covered, the press will talk about process particularly polls. mitt romney, conservatives are waiting for him to be big in events, big in message, big in personality. it seems like right now the campaign is waiting for him to do that in the debates. >> mark, you know why they focus on process, because there's not substance to -- you know, it's funny, in 1988 facing a more hostile press george h.w. bush never once whined about process. you know why? because james baker told the press what they were going to be following. and he told the candidate what he was going to be doing. and every week the candidate did it. the message was unbelievable. but again, going on with charles krauthammer, for six months mitt has been matching obama small bal
MSNBC
Sep 13, 2012 4:00pm PDT
up the level of support to 4% of the gdp and that plays really well in a state like virginia where there is a big military population. i think it goes up against the fact that americans are weary of war at this point. we already experienced a time where we did have two large land wars going on at the same time. he's going up against a different reality in terms of what americans want but has the neo cons that are surrounding him part of the push to war with iraq that americans have since turned against and judged to be a war that was not worth fighting. >> you know, one of the questions is what is going on with romney during the day that this happens. when we had the situation in libya, simultaneously in cairo, and he puts out a statement attacking what he calls the disgraceful behavior of president obama, who is pushing that and saying release the statement, attack, attack, attack. who is doing that? >> i don't know who is doing it but it seems to be his own impulse and it has been consistently in this campaign on matters not only foreign but also domestic. but it really is unseem
MSNBC
Sep 27, 2012 9:00am PDT
scheduled to have dueling rallies in the same swing state. today's rallies each in virginia. the president is running a little bit late. president obama's campaign responding to romney's new straight to camera ad with one of its own a two-minute living room pitch airing in seven states. >> during the last weeks of the campaign, there will be debates, speeches, and more ads. but if i could sit down with you, in your living room or around the kitchen table, here's what i'd say -- when i took office we were losing nearly 800,000 jobs a month and mired in iraq. today i believe that as a nation we are moving forward again. >> yesterday in ohio, governor romney also seemed to be in a duel with himself. morning rally he condemned the affordable care act as government invasion. >> he also thinks that the government can do a better job than you in the way you live your life and obama care is point number one. it's the example number one he wants to put bureaucrats between you and your doctor, believes the government should tell you what kind of insurance you have to have. >> the very same
MSNBC
Sep 10, 2012 8:00am PDT
of the other nine states. you mentioned north carolina. let's also talk about virginia as well. the president was able to turn both of those states for years ago. you mentioned that he's down -- president obama down in north carolina. how is he looking in virginia? and how is he looking also out west in colorado and nevada? >> well, he is -- it's a dead heat in virginia. and you have a very tough senate race there with tim king and george allen coming into play. in virginia, we're seeing a lot of this outside money and this dark money getting dumped that is keeping this state so tight. in colorado, this is a state where obama has had a lot of success and he's got a slight edge out there right now. what you're going to see if all these states is president obama's campaign and the democrats launching just as many ads and going toe-to-toe with romney and the republicans because they can't afford to let the republicans spend all this money unanswered. >> andy kroll, thank you. >>> the latest gallup daily tracking poll showing president obama opening up a five-point lead over mitt romney
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Sep 19, 2012 11:00pm PDT
virginia where a new york times/cbs/quinnipiac poll finds president obama with a four-point lead over mitt romney. about the same there, 50/46. in wisconsin, same poll shows the president leading by six, 51/45. that's important given paul ryan is on the ticket. and in colorado, obama with a small lead. always tricky now that state. why is colorado tricky? 47/48. that close. >>> welcome back to "hardball." the floodgates have opened. criticism of the romney campaign by his fellow republicans is growing louder and fiercer since romney's caught-on-tape comments on that 47% came to light monday. here was republican strategist mark mckinnon this morning. >> what we're seeing is an increasing problem of him being able to connect with voters in a sense that he understands and shares their values and concerns. and that gap's widening. >> uber conservative charles krautheimer, who has defended romney in the past, ripped into his comments last night on fox. let's take a look. >> he said these are people who consider themselves victims. now, that's not a very smart thing to say. it's not even ac
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Sep 4, 2012 10:00pm PDT
to mark warner, the senator from virginia who had been governor. he was traveling around the state on labor day when they have traditional rallies in the state. four years ago, he said to me on the floor tonight, four years ago there were barack obama signs everywhere and the people who put up the signs, the roadside signs, the lawn signs paid for the signs themselves. this time around there were no signs to be seen in any of those rural, middle, and southern virginia places. so the purpose of tonight from castro and from the first lady was to speak to those people and plead with those people. i thought towards the end of the speech michelle obama was saying, look, you know what the vision is. i'm reminding you of what the vision of barack obama and the democratic party is but we need you to get out there and work. we need you to be enthusiastic. and that's the important thing for the latino vote, the women's vote, and interestingly enough in virginia, the veterans' vote because they think they have a got chance there. if barack obama cannot ignite those people in northern virginia
MSNBC
Sep 23, 2012 4:00am PDT
, george allen craig, neck and neck in virginia. they are real pros trying to keep alive politically and want some real separation as they say in the nfl from this guy, romney. what's going on? >> well, you know, romney is taking all these hits in the last four weeks from his miserable trip to london and clint eastwood and not mentioning the troops in afghanistan, the disaster with the libyan statement and the video i made public earlier this week and the thing is, if he had a real good overarching strategic plan and message that the conservative republican elites here and members of the senate had any -- could see, could discern, i think people would be more willing to stand by him. but he doesn't have a strong rudder. every day it's like he changes strategy. he's going to be more moderate or red meat to the conservative, be an outsider, insider. obama says black, i'll say white today so the campaign is bouncing around like a ping-pong ball being buffeted by winds. without a strong rudder, you move back and forth. that's what peggy noonan and everybody else is responding to. we talk abo
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Sep 15, 2012 9:00am PDT
this race. they know they've got to do a lot of work here in florida, also in virginia, also in ohio. so we expect that those three states with figure prominently on the campaign schedule going forward for paul ryan and mitt romney. >> ron mott, thanks very much keeping an eye on things for us in florida. we appreciate that. >>> let's go to our other big story. we have new developments over the film that sparked outrage around the world. one of the member behind that video, nakoula was taken in for questioning this morning. authorities want to know if he violated probation. and cleanup from the riots tahrir square. a 35-year-old man died from bird shot wounds overnight. >>> meanwhile the protests have now spread beyond the middle east and north africa. in sidney, australia, hundreds of protesters clashed with police outside a building outside the u.s. consulate. >>> but perhaps the most dramatic and compelling developments of the day come from libya where the u.s. government is making a big push to solve the murder of four americans, including the u.s. ambassador to libya. our nbc re
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Sep 22, 2012 12:00pm PDT
in florida to give them a shot at florida. they're also trailing in virginia and also trailing in huo and a lot of folks say to win 1600 pennsylvania avenue, you have to win two of those three states so they have their work cut out for them. >> i want to remind our viewers at home when paul ryan begins to speak there in overrulrlando, w bring it to you live. thank you. appreciate your time. >>> president obama using his weekly radio and web address to blast congress for adjourning with a lot of work still on the table. the house gaveled out its last vote thursday afternoon, its shortest question in 50 years. >> when they skipped town they left a bunch of proposals on the table, actions that will create middle class jobs and strengthen security. these ideas have been around for months. the american people want to see them passed. apparently some members of congress are more worried about their jobs and paychecks this season than they are about yours. >> let's bring ingest ca taylor. ana marie cox, correspondent for "the guardian" and jonathan, opinion writer for the "washington pos
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Sep 4, 2012 6:00am PDT
a lot of space there. as for the tops of both tickets, president stumps today in norfolk, virginia. the last stop on his troed charlotte tour. last night the president put politics aside to visit a louisiana town hit by hurricane isaac and talk with local officials about the recovery effort, but he did manage to make a subtle contrast between the recovery efforts taking place today and those under his predecessor during hurricane katrina. >> i want to particularly thank fema and the state and local authorities, because sometimes in the past we haven't seen the kind of coordination that is necessary in response to these kinds of disasters. this time we've seen it. we weren't behind the eight ball. >> mitt romney is keeping a lower profile this week. he's using down time to prep for october presidential debates, but something romney said over the weekend did earn a presidential retort monday, and as the two sparred over their economic plans he got into a battle of sports metaphor. you know at "the daily rundown" we love a good sports metaphor. >> 23 million people are out of work, st
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Sep 20, 2012 2:00pm PDT
, linda mcmahon, virginia senate candidate george allen, and now nevada senator dean hower have all gone wobbly, refused to stand with, stand for the outed mitt romney, the one who tells rich people that the rest of the country is a bunch of loafers, freeloaders, bums. well, last night a new wobbler showed up, mitt romney himself. racing like a desperate crazy man, he suddenly declared he's changed his mind on the whole 47% business. that he's now proud of being the grandfather of obama care, proud to say he's for same-sex couples having partner rights and no way he wants to run those 12 million immigrants out of the country. so how scared is this candidate that he's now turning tail on so much of what he's been standing for? is the man we caught behind the curtain suddenly afraid of the script he's been reading? is this the moment, the etch-a-sketch moment, we were warned was coming, the alloutmoment of moral melt down. this afternoon, this afternoon at the univision candidates forum president obama responded to romney's caught on tape comments where he wrote off 47% of the country. let
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Sep 26, 2012 6:00am PDT
. it's not a florida or virginia. he's a wisconsin away, a nevada away. that's the real problem here. the romney campaign needs ohio back. like this line yesterday, they tried to hammer obama on taxes. take a listen. >> he's got one new idea. i admit this. he has one thing he did not do in his first four years he said he's going to do in the next four years which is to raise taxes. is there anybody who thinks raising taxes will help grow the economy? >> no. >> ryan's expression back there when he looks over at portman, kind of intriguing. it would be curious what a thought bubble would be going on over there. but it's a little bit of a change for romney. he had often been accusing the president of raising taxes or citing increases, i thinking about the health care law, et cetera. a romney adviser put out a memo yesterday explaining how capital gains are taxed. as they say, if you're explaining how capital gains are taxed, not just calling for different ways of lowering them, if you're simile having to explain it, you're losing. romney has also tried to make china a boogeyman and he did it
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Sep 8, 2012 9:00am PDT
been tough times. >> today governor romney heads to the swing state of virginia, hold a rally in virginia beach in little more than an hour. later in the day, he'll attend a nascar race in richmond. >>> other front page political headlines for you, the battle over medical marijuana has surfaced on the campaign trail. paul ryan told a colorado springs radio stationing the federal government should not interfere with states that have legalized the drug for medicinal purposes. the congressman says he does not personal willly agree with the but it should be left up to the states. vice president biden heads to ohio where he will hold rallies in zanesville and athens. >>> west coast headlines are next. the unusual change in bee population. >>> plus, deal making for some malibu luxury homes. >>> in office politics, which party supports the war on terror more. keep it here on "weekends with alex xrwitt." there are projects. and there are game-changers. those ideas that start with us rolling up our sleeves... ...and end with a new favorite room in the house. and when we can save even more
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Sep 21, 2012 6:00am PDT
and virginia. polling just keeps coming out of massachusetts. democrat elizabeth warren has a small lead in 3 out of 4 recent polls. the fourth gave the edge to republican senator scott brown. last night the two squared off in their first senate debate. brown played up his regular guy roots arriving at the debate in his trademark green pick-up truck and attacked warren on character. >> professor warren claimed that she was a native american, a person of color. as you can see, she's not. that being said, she checked the box. >> i believed my mother and my father and my aunts and my uncles and i never asked anybody for any documentation. i don't know any kid who did. >> war didn't her best to saddle brown with the republican brand. brown did everything he could to persuade voters he wasn't really a republican -- or at least a moderate. >> this really may be a race for control of the senate and the supreme court may very well hang in the balance. >> listen, i'm the second most bipartisan in the united states senate, was recently named by washington onmagazine as the least partisan sena
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Sep 13, 2012 3:00pm PDT
, and virginia, is squeezing every single vote out of the far right base that they can manage, which is kind of the bush strategy in ohio against john kerry in 2004 using the -- you know, the state proposition against guy marriage and other things to get out all of those mega churches and the far right vote. they are just going to keep finding these fake, phony issues and they are not going to be dictated to by fact checkers. >> well, joan walsh and david corn, i think the sad part is the step over four american bodies to do this. this is also despicable. thank you for joining me tonight. >> thanks, reverend al. >> thank you. >>> shoot first, aim later is how president obama described governor romney. so it's no surprise the bush ies have his back. donald rumsfeld is leading the defense. >>> plus, it's the burning question. why is governor romney doing this? why is he so desperate? we know why. tonight, some big news in the swing states just came out. >>> and fireworks inside the courtroom. the voter i.d. law goes to the pennsylvania supreme court. it's all on the line. ground zero i
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Sep 5, 2012 2:00am PDT
time for someone else. >> in virginia former republican congressman virgil goode has qualified to be on the presidential ballot in november. goode could take away boats from mitt romney in the battleground state of virginia. identify rolling stone" reports mitt romney engineered a deal that cost the fdic $10 million. >> internet sites were buzzing with conspiracy theories a social security administration posted a notice it was purchasing 174,000 hollow point bullets. the site claimed they must be for use against social security citizens. >> and chuck norris has put out a video asking people to vote for mitt romney. >> and that's your morning dish of scrambled politics. >> now here is your first at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow closed at 1335. the s&p was down a point but the nasdaq gained 8. in tokyo the nikkei sank 95 points while in hong kong the hang seng plunged to 84. august manufacturing fell for the third straight month and the sector hired the fewest workers since late 2009. in addition, july construction spending fell the most in the year. in fact, gold h
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Sep 18, 2012 2:00am PDT
west virginia through west virginia as well and into the western carolinas. this is all moving eastward. as it continues to strengthen through the rest of the morning and into this afternoon, we are actually going to see the potential for a possible severe weather outbreak. right now, though, we're looking at a lot of the lightning across the panhandle of florida. this is all going to continue to move to the north and east. pretty slowly. and the heaviest of the rain is now trying to move into areas across new jersey, stretching back into west virginia too. this rain, again, is going to continue to stream in from the south with lightning possible along with wind gusts up to 40 to 50 miles per hour. this area in bright yellow here, that's an area we could get reports of wind damage and also the possibility for isolated tornadoes. we look for that into this afternoon and evening as well. as we go through the rest of the night, we will start to see this push eastward. we will see some improvements as cooler air tries to work in through the rest of the week, lynn? >> dylan, thanks
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Sep 28, 2012 2:30am PDT
virginia beach. the white house said too busy to meet with israel's prime minister. the relationship has been tense, even frosty, an issue that mitt romney tried to exploit. >> president obama has thrown israel under the bus. >> reporter: the white house feels it is more in tune with voters. >> i executed on my foreign policy and one that the american people largely agree with. so, you know, if governor romney is suggesting that we should start another war, he should say so. >> that was nbc's andrea mitchell reporting. >>> this morning iran is responding to netanyahu's red line comments saying it reserves the right to retaliate against any attack. meantime, new internal israeli government report finds that international sanctions are, in fact, hurting iran's economy but have not slowed down the nuclear program. the report calls for another round of sanctions to be implemented. >> in the race for the white house, we have got new batch of poll numbers coming out on three more battleground states. according to the new nbc/"wall street journal"/marist college poll, the president has a sl
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Sep 4, 2012 2:00am PDT
sports in college football last night, 16th ranked virginia tech relied on their kicker to come from behind and sealed the deal overtime. here's nbc's mario solis. >> the opening weekend of the college football season ended with a thrilling battle in blacksburg. 16th ranked virginia tech got all it could handle from georgia tech. in the final minute. the jackets down four, washington finds hill with 44 seconds left. enough time for the hokies to get it into field goal range, jarnl from 41 yards out, he doesn't miss this one. ties the game as time expireses and forces overtime. after an interception, it's jarnl a clip for the win. virginia tech gets a scare, but pulls out the win, 20-17 in ot. >>> mardy fish pulled out from the u.s. open from health care concerns and serena williams won in straight sets. >>> golf final round of the deutsche bank championship, tiger woods was in the hunt until the end, his chip on 15th lips out, he finished in third place and with it becomes the first golfer to surpass the $100 million mark in career earnings. the day belonged to rory mcilroy, a long b
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Sep 19, 2012 9:00pm PDT
, virginia, "video fallout proves taxing for romney." detroit, michigan, "romney's 47% remark: will it sink his campaign?" andrew kaszynski at buzz feed has been doing these roundups of swing state newspaper's front-page headlines. so it's a great way to get a snapshot of how things covered in the national press are actually translating on the ground, where the voters who will decide this election will actually be reading about it in their local paper. and the romney campaign's media problem becoming a national problem, a coast to coast nationwide problem is evident now not just in newspaper lines like you just saw across the country, but also in the polling. every day now, we're getting new waves of polling data from the nine or so states that make up the swing state map for the election. these are the latest numbers as of today. in new hampshire, mr. romney currently holding a three-point lead. that is a rasmussen poll. in virginia, it's president obama up by seven. in florida, it's president obama up by five. in colorado, it's president obama up by one. in wisconsin, it's preside
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Sep 11, 2012 7:00pm PDT
and virginia right after the convention. i'm going to go out west to nevada and colorado and probably to florida by the end of the campaign. so, you know, i have a boring pass, i'll travel whereevery i need to go and still be mayor of san antonio and take care of my duties here. but it's a very important election to me and i want to make sure i do everything i can to re-elect the president. you're right about texas. this year i have no doubt that it's not going to go democratic. but many folks think that in the years to come, with the demographic changes, with the number of folks who are moving into texas because of the economic boom from other states, more moderate states, and importantly, because the republican party in texas, has all 29 statewide offices, the super majority in the house and almost a super majority in the texas senate and they've become far to the right. i think they're leaving the business community here in texas behind. they're leaving a whole bunch of folks behind and that's going to create the opportunity for democrats to capture not just the left but t
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Sep 28, 2012 9:00am PDT
basically within the margin of error. and in virginia, a new poll from suffolk university/nbc 12 puts obama slightly ahead of romney, also within the margin of error. so, how can romney turn it around? it may not be easy. some people within this romney campaign have concluded he's not actually a very good politician. here's what one romney official explained to politico. he said -- now romney's former rival newt gingrich doesn't go quite that far, but he says that romney needs to reform his thinking. >> i think they're only now beginning to come to grips with the general election. they had a very -- >> scary -- >> they had a very successful primary strategy. in a primary you can raise enough money to build a motor boat and drive to where you want to get to in the primary. in the general election you're like a sail boat. the system is so much bigger than you. >> it is hard to go from a motor boat to a sail boat, known who is familiar with yachting knows that. ben smith, i want to go right to you and talk about sort of the problem facing this campaign. first, when is the last time that
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